Summer has officially started – Ibiza Rocks opening party with Ed Sheeran – photos.
So it’s here already, 6th May, opening night of the Summer 2012 series of Ibiza Rocks! And this is special for me too, as it’s the first Ibiza Rocks for me since moving to the White Isle just over a month ago. For the next 16 weeks, I’ll get my weekly fix of live music, and there’s a few gems in this year’s schedule.
But back to tonight’s gig – let’s not wish the summer away before it’s even started!
First up were The Milk. I can see why they were hired as the opening band. They did a good job of trying to whip the crowd into a frenzy – “we’re setting the standard for the summer”. As a standard 4-piece lineup of drums, bass, guitar and lead singer/2nd guitar they looked as though they could have had potential, but they failed to do it for me. Stylistically they were all over the place. Should have stayed on the pub and wedding circuit in my opinion! Hopefully this won’t be the standard for the summer. That’s all I’m going to say! Actually, one more thing – before they came onstage I was thinking what a crap name ‘The Milk’ is for a band – nuff said!
Next is Ed Sheeran. Now I’m not really a big fan of Ed and his music – it’s just not really my cup of tea. But he’s won lots of awards in the last year or so (best solo male artist and breakthrough act at The BRIT Awards, and wins at the BT Digital Music, Ivor Novello and Q Awards), so he’s obviously doing something right. Anyway, I try to approach everything with an open mind, so whilst his music might not be to my taste, I’m hoping that in a live situation, and under the Ibizan stars, that I might be pleasantly surprised.
He arrives onstage at 10 pm. By this time the venue is packed. The crowd go wild. He’s wearing a neon black and yellow Ibiza Rocks T Shirt and cut-off khakis, and looks relaxed. He played Mallorca Rocks the night before so he’s probably acclimatised, and got the T Shirt set!
He opens with ‘Give me love’. An extended version in which Ed put down his guitar and paced around the stage to engage with the crowd part way through. The crowd roar at the end. They’re with him.
Next was ‘Drunk’, his fourth single. The bulk of the crowd knew all the words, and were singing along. And looking down on the crowd from a balcony upstairs, there was a sea of mobile phones recording the event. It’s probably all on YouTube by now.
Whilst he undoubtedly had a captive audience, Ed did a grand job of engaging with the crowd mid and in between songs. He’s basically one small bundle of talent and energy. The crowd was soon chanting “Sheeran, Sheeran” in between the songs. To quote @blogibiza on Twitter “whatever you say about ed sheeran i dont think ive ever seen one guy on one guitar on one stage captivate for so long.ish. fair fuckin play”.
Saying that, unfortunately there were times when the background chatter of the audience drowns out Ed’s performance during some of lesser-known songs.
He went offstage after just over an hour, but came back to do an encore. Second song in was ‘A Team’ and everyone got their phones out to record the moment, and the singing re-commenced.
Ed definitely kicked off the season in style, leaving a packed and happy crowd to carry on dancing or disperse into the night to go their next port of call.
Click on the photos for larger images.
- Ibiza Rocks Hotel Opening party review The long weekend that roused the island from its winter...
- Ibiza & Mallorca Rocks 2012 opening & closing party artists It doesn’t seem 5 minutes since the Ibiza Rocks closing...
- Mallorca Rocks Hotel 2010 Opening Party The new Mallorca Rocks Hotel opening party will be on...
- Ocho Restaurant, Ibiza opening party review and photos ‘Ocho’ the hugely anticipated new restaurant on the San Juan...
- Ibiza Rocks 2011 – Opening Party – Plan B – Photos Introduced again by Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac, Ibiza Rocks...